David Gregory on "Obamacare": "Nobody's really been given anything yet." Oh really?

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I was barely awake when the news was blasted loud and clear about the Supreme Court upholding the individual mandate. That woke me up pretty quickly. But you know what really opened my eyes? This quote by MSNBC's David Gregory (host of NBC's Meet the Press") when he was asked to comment about how Republicans would respond to the president's victory:

"Nobody's really been given anything yet."

He said that to buttress the idea that the voting public wouldn't be swayed by the decision because, see, they haven't "benefited yet," so they still won't support the plan.

Yes, he said that. Yes he's uninformed and unqualified to work in the news media.

So none of this happened, David?

  • Providing Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credits Effective Jan. 1, 2010
  • Allowing States to Cover More People on Medicaid Effective April 1, 2010
  • Relief for Four Million Seniors Who Hit the Medicare Prescription Drug “Donut Hole” Program applied only on 2010.
  • Cracking Down on Health Care Fraud Many provisions effective now
  • Expanding Coverage for Early Retirees Applications for employers to participate in the program available June 1, 2010.
  • Providing Access to Insurance for Uninsured Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions National program established July 1, 2010
  • Putting Information Online Effective July 1, 2010
  • Extending Coverage for Young Adults Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010 Under the new law, young adults are allowed to stay on their parent’s plan until they turn 26 years old.
  • Providing Free Preventive Care Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010
  • Prohibiting Insurance Companies from Rescinding Coverage  Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010
  • Appealing Insurance Company Decisions  Effective for new plans beginning on or after September 23, 2010
  • Eliminating Lifetime Limits on Insurance Coverage Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010
  • Regulating Annual Limits on Insurance Coverage Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010
  • Prohibiting Denying Coverage of Children Based on Pre-Existing Conditions Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010 for new plans and existing group plans
  • Holding Insurance Companies Accountable for Unreasonable Rate Hikes Grants will be awarded beginning in 2010
  • Holding Insurance Companies Accountable for Unreasonable Rate Hikes Grants will be awarded beginning in 2010
  • Prescription Drug Discounts Effective January 1, 2011
  • Free Preventive Care for Seniors Effective January 1, 2011
  • Improving Care for Seniors after They Leave the Hospital Effective January 1, 2011

Oh, and there was this: Damn that “Obamacare” and its $1.1 billion in rebates!

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  • David Gregory is an unabashedly reactionary stooge. NBC should be ashamed of themselves for even keeping him employed.

  • Let the hyperdrive spin begin . . . this is what Joshua Green at BusinessWeek had to say:

    Health-Care Law Upheld, What's Next?

    Far more important than the political ramifications, though, is the fact
    that 31 million Americans expected to gain coverage under the law will
    probably still do so.

    I say “probably” because Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal and replace the law.

    ...

    "And so if the court upholds it, if they say, ‘Look, it passes the
    Constitution,’ it still is bad policy, and that’ll mean if I’m elected,
    I’m going to repeal it and replace it.”

    ...

    But that would be much harder to do in practice than most people seem to
    realize, since it would take away many popular benefits, and since
    Romney has not said what he would replace the law with. Barring that
    scenario, Obamacare looks as if it will endure. Of course, it’s possible
    that Obama himself won’t endure. The law remains unpopular, and while
    it would have been worse for the president if the court had struck it
    down, its being upheld probably doesn’t do much for him in an electoral
    sense. It’ll be interesting to see if the law’s popularity rises now
    that the court has upheld it. Either way, Obama still faces a tough
    reelection in November.

    " Of course, it’s possible
    that Obama himself won’t endure . . . Either way, Obama still faces a tough
    reelection in November."

    Seems no matter what the issue, any "victory" for President Obama can be turned into a negative by the rightwingnuts . . .

  • And on HLN they have been giving good, concise factoids about ACA and taking questions form obviously UNIFORMED voters. Giving equal time to BOTH sides for a change. I'm impressed.

  • HarborGuy

    I saw him blathering on and on a few minutes ago...I simply wanted to say,

    ...You're GOPathetic side is showing, Mr. Gregory.

    Man oh man...ConservaTurd heads are exploding.

  • You tell em GottaLaff